Camp To Prep Players For 4a Campaign

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Payson High School boys soccer coach Roger Wholly would like his jayvee and varsity players to get a jump start on the new season by enrolling in a training camp Oct. 6 to 10 at Rumsey Park.

Camp sessions will be 9 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The sessions will not conflict with the school schedule because the Payson Unified District will be on fall recess during those dates.

The instructor of the camp, Les Pritchard, is a former collegiate player who served as an assistant coach last year on the Longhorn team that won the 1A-3A fall state championship.

Pritchard's goal at the camp, Wholly said, will be to prepare the players for a first win of the 4A title.

Due to increased enrollment at PHS last school year, the Longhorns were realigned to the 4A conference Grand Canyon region where soccer is a winter sport rather than a fall offering as it was last year when Payson was a 3A school.

According to Pritchard, the camp curriculum will focus on individual and group assessment and improvement of the campers' skills.

It will also include instruction on a winning attitude, soccer strategy and improvement of the fundamental and advanced skills that are necessary to win at the 4A level, Pritchard said.

At the conclusion of the camp, each player will receive a private consultation in which he will be told what he needs to focus on to take his game to the next level.

Pritchard is urging all prospective campers to attend the sessions in what he calls "soccer shape." That means the players should be able to run two miles under 11 minutes and play soccer for 40 minutes without fatigue.

"If you are now out of soccer shape, remember to start slow by jogging and playing soccer in increments," Pritchard said. "Warm up properly, stretch to avoid injuries and be ready by Oct. 6."

The camp is open to the first 30 players who register at the Parks and Recreation offices at Green Valley Park. The fee is $160 which includes a camp T-shirt. All who register by Sept. 19 will receive a soccer ball.

Call Payson Parks and Recreation at (928) 474-5242, ext 7 for more information.

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